The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today welcomed the completion of a $140,000 bridge upgrade project on Peel Road in Inverleigh this week.
Ms Tierney said the restoration follows the October 2008 completion of another $140,000 State government repair of a road bridge over the railway rail line on Spring Creek Road, Inverleigh.
“Both bridge upgrades were essential for the township and have improved the level of public safety for the community,” Ms Tierney said.
“The bridge restoration included the repair and replacement of timber deck beams; installation of steel beams, strengthening of existing beams and piles, concrete and reinforcement and a repair of the timber abutment,” Ms Tierney said.
“Earlier in the year, an inspection crew discovered major cracks in the beams underneath part of the bridge’s deck. As a result, the VicTrack team moved ahead their work schedule to complete the work as soon as possible with community safety as their highest priority.”
“When the strengthening work was in progress, the bridge’s load limit reduced from 15 tonnes to 5 tonnes in carrying capacity. The load limit is now 25 tonnes again,” Ms Tierney said
VicTrack managed the project on behalf of the State government, liaising with Golden Plains Shire Council.
Experienced bridge maintenance firm DC Projects Pty Ltd successfully completed the works with VicTrack. VicTrack’s Bridge Renewal Program funded the project.